Mediterranean Coast and Madrid

DAY 1 PLACE OF ORIGIN – BARCELONA Departure from our point of origin on a regular flight bound for Barcelona. Arrival in Barcelona and meeting with the attendant. Transfer to the hotel. Orientation meeting and free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 BARCELONA Breakfast. We are going to take a panoramic tour beginning with the Old City, which is divided by its most famous avenue, Las Ramblas. There we can find many places of tourisic and Cultural interest, as much on the street itself as in its surroundings. Then we will enter the Gothic Quarter, where the famous Gothic Cathedral dating from the 14th century can be found. Free time. Return to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 BARCELONA Breakfast. It is in the center of the Eixample, on the Passeig de Gràcia, where we find the most visited and best known houses of Antoni Gaudí. On one side, Casa Milà, the famous Pedrera with its ondulating shapes that are reminiscent of sea waves, and further down, Casa Batlló, metaphor of the legend of Saint George. Gaudí’s steps lead us to his key work, Sagrada Family, an unfinished architectural Bible that has become a symbol of Barcelona. But Gaudí does not end here. Park Güell is in essential piece to understand Gaudí’s game between nature and architecture. Free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 4 BARCELONA Breakfast. Departure to visit Montjüic. Used as a military outpost since antiquity, the mountain of Montjuïc is the only elevation of importance in Barcelona apart from Tibidabo. The works done for the 1929 International Exposition and the 1992 Olympic Games have made Montjuïc a very interesting area. Built on the occasion of the 1992 Olympic Games, the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, the Sant Jordi Palace, the Pernat Picornell Pools and the peculiar Telecomunications Tower by Calatrava form part of the striking Olympic Ring of the city. We continue our visit with the Poble Espanyol (“Spanish Town”), an outdoor museum made up of 117 full-scale buildings that reproduce the architecture of different corners of Spain. Amidst the diversity of its squares, streets, and houses, it is a veritable “town” situated on the mountain of Montjuïc. It was built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. Return to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 BARCELONA Breakfast. We will visit the Picasso Museum, which has the most complete collection in the world of the works from Picasso’s youth, making it the best reference point for understanding the artist’s formative years. We finish the day with a tour of the famous Camp Nou Stadium, to get to know the history and the values that make Barça “more than a club.’ Return to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 6 BARCELONA – VALENCIA Breakfast. Departure for Valencia. Panoramic tour of the city, the third city of Spain terms of importance and population. Here the Silk Exchange (Llotja de the Seda), declared World Heritage Site in 1996, and the Saints John Church stand out. Of the ancient wall that surrounded the Old Town of Valencia until the end of the 19th century, only the Quart Towers and the Serrano Towers are still standing. The Basilica of the Virgin of the Foresaken and the Cathedral, whose bell tower is know as “Miguelete,” are both found in The Mother of God Square. Afternoon free. Transfer to hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 7 VALENCIA – MADRID Breakfast. Departure for Madrid. Guided panoramic tour through the city of Madrid, capital of Spain since Philip II selected it in the 16th century. During the visit we will see the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza de Oriente, location of the Royal Palace, The Cathedral, the Church of San Franciso the Grande, the Gran Vía, Puerta del Sol, Street and Puerta de Alcalá, Paseo de the Castellana, Paseo of the Prado, Retiro Park, Plaza de España, Columbus Square, Bullring, Plaza de Cibeles, Neptune, etc. We will visit the Prado Museum. Free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 8 MADRID – EXCURSION TO TOLEDO Breakfast and departure for Toledo, known as the city of three cultures, for having been inhabited for centuries by Christians, Jews and Muslims, as well as “The Imperial city,” for having been the principal seat of the court of Charles I of Spain. Panoramic tour of the city where we will contemplate the Cathedral, which we will visit, the Alcázar, the Synagogue of the Tránsito, and the Church of Santo Tomé, which we will also visit. Return to Madrid. Free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 9 MADRID – EXCURSION TO SEGOVIA AND THE ESCORIAL Breakfast. Departure for Segovia and panoramic tour of this ancient Roman city rich in historic monuments. The aqueduct, built in the time of Emperoror Augustus, the Gothic Cathedral, and the Alcázar stand out. Continuation to the Escorial to see the Monastery built by Philip II, World Heritage Site and location of the pantheon of the kings of Spain. Afternoon free. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 10 MADRID – PLACE OF ORIGIN Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to our point of origin. End of services.